February 21, 2018

Health minister powerless to intervene in Chilliwack chlorine controversy

BC's Health Minister admits she is powerless to intervene as Fraser Health orders Chilliwack to permanently chlorinate its water. Margaret MacDiarmid says it is not appropriate for government to take over from the Health Authorities when it comes to water. That said "I also think that residents of Chilliwack they are very concerned about the … [Read more...]

Another bike lane controversy

Friday is the last day to tell the City of Vancouver what you think about bike lanes in Kitsilano.  The City is proposing ways to improve walking and cycling along the Point Grey - Cornwall corridor, between the Burrard Bridge and Jericho Beach.  Ideas include extending park space, improving sidewalks and the seawall, and creating … [Read more...]

Updated: Jobs Minister changes stance on temporary foreign worker controversy

  BC's Jobs Minister is admitting people have lost confidence in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program after the HD Mining controversy.  Pat Bell says it is clear the company fell short in looking for qualified Canadian miners before bringing in Chinese workers. "The public needs to have confidence that any jobs that are allowed to be … [Read more...]

Premier steers clear of Surrey casino controversy

Premier Christy Clark is trying to avoid the Surrey casino controversy involving her Gaming Minister, Rich Coleman. Coleman called Surrey councillors prior to council's decision, then criticized Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts and council after they voted to kill the mega-casino proposal in south Surrey. But by the end of last week Coleman was … [Read more...]

DJ at the centre of MILF question controversy speaks out

The DJ who asked the Premier about being a MILF in December and was let go from his Courtney station yesterday is finally speaking out. Speaking on CKNW's Simi Sara show Justin ‘Drex’ Wilcombes explained what he would have said if his former employer had given him the opportunity to speak instead of muzzling him after the … [Read more...]

Trek: TNG S2 Blu-ray Hits Minor Controversy

The second season of the expensive and exhaustively painstaking remaster of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" hits Blu-ray in a few hours following on from the highly successful launch of the first season back in July. Aside from an audio glitch in early discs, which was quickly remedied with a replacement program, the remastering job performed on … [Read more...]

Rich Coleman wades in Abbotsford South controversy

The Deputy Premier is wading into an internal dispute over the BC Liberal nomination process in the riding of Abbotsford South. Rich Coleman says Abbotsford councillor Moe Gill didn't even want to run in the riding. "Moe Gill signed a letter that he sent to the party saying that he wanted to no longer run in Abbotsford South but wanted to run in … [Read more...]

Coleman downplays brewing controversy

A controversy linking a well known lobbyist, a BC Liberal who owns a craft beer company, and cabinet minister Rich Coleman,  is being called "political games" by the minister. Rich Coleman says Pacific Western Brewing Company might have to lay off staff to avoid a fiscal hit as it exceeds a mandated production quota. Coleman says he is simply … [Read more...]

NDP health critic unimpressed with minister’s response to Burnaby Hospital controversy

The NDP health critic is hitting out at BC Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid's response to a leaked document indicating Liberal partisanship on a committee that looked into the future of Burnaby Hospital. Mike Farnworth isn't impressed with MacDiarmid's attempt to distance the Liberal government from documents which point to Liberal … [Read more...]

FVRD blasts Metro Vancouver in toxic ash controversy

The Fraser Valley Regional District is blasting Metro Vancouver in the case of tonnes of toxic ash being shipped from an Burnaby incinerator. Chilliwack mayor and FVRD chair Sharon Gaetz says people should be very alarmed at how the hazardous material is being treated. Gaetz says the behaviours of both the Burnaby incinerator operator, … [Read more...]